You can see my lovely dolls house here in the pic and my clever mum even managed to capture the excitement I felt this on getting this lovely present. (try to ignore the awful wallpaper and patterns that were 'everywhere' in the early 1960's..LOL)
You can also see that by todays standards, the 'pile' of presents was much less than what some children seem to get nowadays. The difference was that what we received was always appreciated because we knew that mum and dad had gone without things themselves to make sure that we three children always had presents from 'Santa' on Christmas morning.
Has Christmas lost it's meaning for some? Yes, I do think so.
We've spent far less money than usual on Christmas gifts this year and it's a tradition I intend to continue with.
Eddie, my younger brother playing with dolls instead of his own stuff (we used to swop regularly)
Me with cousin Elizabeth - neither of us looking particularly happy in this pic!
Us kids with Aunt Lou
This one is Sarah back in 1969 -
This is one of my favourite memories of James as a little boy...he LOVED this print of BA from the A Team and it had pride of place on his bedroom wall for many years.
Djamel's first Christmas - 1999....
And finally below, this is one of those pictures that you just can't plan.